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Heart Month: Patient Education and Nutritious Recipes

heartFebruary is American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is the result of heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day. In an effort to promote awareness, I have compiled useful information to help my patients learn how to protect themselves from heart disease and stroke by understanding the risks and taking the following steps:   Try to be physically active for as few as 30 minutes a day to: - Improve your cholesterol profile - Lower your blood pressure - Increase your energy and stamina - Boost your bone strength - Prevent weight gain - Enhance your mental well-being Heart-Healthy foods to include on every shopping list:  Incorporate these foods – high in vitamin, minerals and nutrients – into your diet to help decrease the risk of heart disease and other    conditions. - Salmon, fish & fish oil                             - Sweet potatoes - Almonds & walnuts                                 - Apples - Berries (especially blueberries)             - Avocado - Garlic                                                         - Spinach - Broccoli                                                     - Tomatoes - Olive oil                                                     - Beans - Eggs                                                           - Dark chocolate (in moderation)   To incorporate these heart-healthy foods into your diet, consider the following recipes: (Click the name of the recipe to receive the necessary ingredients and cooking instructions).  soup Soup: Mexican Chicken Soup  couscous Salad: Mango, Avocado and Black Bean Salad      couscous Side Dish: Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Chickpeas  salmon Main Dish: Crunchy-Crusted Salmon Fillets  yogurt Dessert: Banana Split Berry Yogurt Parfait   For more information about heart disease and stroke prevention please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease http://www.heart.org We are making enormous progress in the battle against cardiovascular disease and stroke – the CDC reports a 30% decrease in death rates in the last decade.  At its heart: an increased awareness about healthy living. February is a perfect time to recharge your personal prevention plan…consider me your partner wholly dedicated to keeping your heart at its vital, healthy best.

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